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Recovering loved one’s data after death likely won’t be easy

A reader, Rick, asks, “A friend’s brother died suddenly. The family needs access to his iPhone and MacBook but have no idea what his passwords are. Is there a procedure to request Apple to unlock the devices? Is there a third party that can do this?”...

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Wintry weather tests Austin’s telecommuting abilities

As Tuesday’s wintry weather hit, a number of Central Texas workers heeded warnings to stay off icy, slick roads and remain at home – but that didn’t mean they all got the day off from work. In today’s high-tech, always-connected world, telecommuting...

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Wintry weather tests Austin’s telecommuting abilities

As Tuesday’s wintry weather hit, a number of Central Texas workers heeded warnings to stay off icy, slick roads and remain at home – but that didn’t mean they all got the day off from work. In today’s high-tech, always-connected world, telecommuting...

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‘Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition’ and ‘Kirby Battle Royale’ among the year’s first big new releases

New video games out this week: “Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition.” For fighting fans, there’ll be enough tweaks, fine tuning, new modes and new/returning downloadable characters to make this a worth update to last year’s “SFV.” Best of all, if you...

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PAX South returns, brings plenty of cosplay, tourneys and retro thrills for fourth year

In its fourth year in San Antonio, the big PAX South gaming convention continues to be one of the key gathering places for fans of video games and tabletop gaming in the region. Along with SXSW Gaming, Classic Games Fest and RTX, it’s one of the few...

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Talking with Texas Standard about why Hauwei’s struggling with wireless carriers in the U.S.

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the news that the Chinese gadget maker Huawei lost a partnership with AT&T to bring a flagship product to the U.S. with that wireless carrier. Why is the government concerned about...

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Friday Tech Crawl: feed changes for Facebook, a Dropbox IPO, GM wants to drop steering wheels (in test cars) and ‘Star Wars’ pencil music

Happy Friday, folks! Here’s some of the tech news we’re following this morning: Facebook wants you to spend more time with family and friends We know we’ve been saying this for a while, but Facebook is really, really serious about changing the news...

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ILYSM Ep. 25: ‘Heavy Friending’ with Joe Barlow and Laura Lee Bishop, ‘I, Tonya’ and dogs in the workplace

What does it mean to be a good friend? Why do we connect with certain people and not others? In this week's podcast episode, we interview KXAN’s Joe Barlow and musician Laura Lee Bishop, who have started a podcast called "Heavy Friending" to document...

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Always Connected PCs to help blur the line between computers and phones

Have you ever wished your laptop was connected automatically online all the time instead of requiring you to seek a Wi-Fi hotspot whenever you’re traveling or trying to get work done at a coffee shop? Two tech titans, Microsoft and Qualcomm, are hoping...

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